Well, Chris’ folks are coming out for a visit starting Labor Day weekend. Which means, it is time for the cleaning frenzy to commence. I just have one word for the makers of “scrubbing bubbles” at this point: LIARS. Those bubbles not only do not scrub the grime off the tub unaided, they don’t seem to really appreciably make it any easier for ME to scrub it off, even when using a scrudgy pad.
A helpful tip I’ve picked up in the last few years: Always have some kind of continuous pleasant-scent producing product going in your house. A house that smells fresh and clean seems fresher and cleaner, even if it’s not. I got one of those “Noticeables” that changes scents every few minutes, and I swear the house looks cleaner when I get home. We’re also fond of those Filter-Mates, the scent-embedded foam sheets that attach to your central air filter. Those rock the nation, but are occasionally hard to find.
And I have broken down and bought a vacuum. The carpet flick and the broom just are not cutting it. Not with the crumb-and-debris-producing gang I have hanging out here.
Fortunately, the one aspect of Flylady’s teaching that has really stuck with me over the years is refusing to let the paper monster reach scary proportions. I weed out the junk mail at the mailbox, so most of it never even makes it into the house (having the waste-wheeler at the end of the drive all week also keeps us from forgetting to put it down there on trash day). And I periodically clear out the one pile that I will still allow to creep slowly up fairly regularly.
My big “need to get it done” project before the In-law Invasion begins is to finish painting our bedroom, which looks really sad half-painted right now. I’m hoping to get that knocked out this week.
In other news, last weeks’ meeting is now a confirmed new client. Yay! And I submitted my resume this morning on an entry-level copywriter job. Because writing is pretty much what I do best. Had a discouraging time wrestling with the bills this morning, but at least I’m facing them, not playing “if I pretend they’re not there, maybe they’ll go away.” That’s progress, right?
AFTERNOON UPDATE: The bedroom is now 3/4 painted, as opposed to roughly 1/3, and there is visible improvement in the shower department.Â Got an unsolicited call from a prospective client (a referral from another client) which looks pretty likely to turn into a confirmed new customer. (That’s two in two weeks–looks like things are picking up!)Â I also got a response and a request for more information on a resume I submitted for a web copywriter job.Â So on the whole, it’s been a fairly productive Monday.
Tomorrow and Wednesday, it’s all-coding, all-day. Thursday morning I have a client meeting, and I’ll probably finish up painting in the afternoon.Â And Friday is “whatever I didn’t get done on its designated day” day.